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Feeder for Cotton Presses.

Feeder for Cotton Presses.

Date: March 10, 1885
Creator: Selz, Henry
Description: Patent for a new and improved feeder for cotton presses. This design is "constructed with a receiving-box and a feed-box separated by a sliding plate attached to a follower secured to the piston-rod of a steam-cylinder, to adapt the said feeder to be interposed between a cotton-gin and a baling-press. The inlet and outlet valves of the steam-cylinder are connected by two pairs of connecting-rods with two levers, so that the movements of the piston can be readily controlled" (lines 19-28).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
The Lasso, Yearbook of Howard Payne College, 1945

The Lasso, Yearbook of Howard Payne College, 1945

Date: 1945
Creator: Howard Payne College (Brownwood, Tex.)
Description: Yearbook for Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas includes photos of and information about the college, student body, professors, and organizations.
Contributing Partner: Howard Payne University Library
The Lasso, Yearbook of Howard Payne College, 1944

The Lasso, Yearbook of Howard Payne College, 1944

Date: 1944
Creator: Howard Payne College (Brownwood, Tex.)
Description: Yearbook for Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas includes photos of and information about the college, student body, professors, and organizations.
Contributing Partner: Howard Payne University Library
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